IDC: MEA tablet market remains flat in Q2 2015

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market (which includes 2-in-1 devices) posted flat growth of 0.3 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from IDC. A total of 4.05 million units were shipped in the second quarter, with tablets growing 0.1 per cent year-on-year to total 4 million units. The 2-in-1 market grew 17.6 per cent over the same period to make up the remaining 50,000 units. For the first half of the year, the overall market shrank 3.2 per cent year-on-year, which compares unfavourably to the 59.6 per cent year-on-year growth recorded in the corresponding period of 2014. IDC noted that the tablet market is nearing saturation point in many countries and is being cannibalised by the emergence of smartphones with large screen sizes. Release